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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/6/2020

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Twenty-eight Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Bur...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Burke County News Release 4/4/20 First COVID-19 Related Death

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Sadly Reports First Death

Morganton, NC: Burke County Unified C...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/5/2020

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Twenty-three Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Bur...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/6/2020

COVID19

April 6, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health DirectorLisa Moore, Burke County Public Information OfficerMichael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Twenty-eight Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke County Health Director was noti...

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Official Press Release Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 6, 2020

Burke County Public Service Announcement

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Public Service message from Johnnie W. Carswell (Chair), Scott Mulwee (Vice Chair) and Lisa Moore (Public Health Educator II).

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Triage Plus: Patient Information and Support Line

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COVID-19 Triage Plus

Patient Information and Support Line

1-877-490-6642

7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Seven days a week

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a tremendous strain on you, the people on the front-line in efforts to control the pandemic. Community Care of N...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/3/2020

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Thirteen Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke C...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 2, 2020

BOC April 7, 2020 Pre-Agenda / Special Meetings Held Virtually

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The Burke County Commissioners and Management team remains committed to providing an open, transparent public process even amidst the challenges we face due to the local and global health pandemic, COVID-19. The Board of Commissioners and county staff are...

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Board of Commissioners
Posted on: April 2, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/2/2020

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Nine Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke County...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Burke County Press Release 3/31/20

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Six Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke County...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Burke County Press Release 4/1/2020

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 1, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Eight Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke Count...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Newest State Guidance and Control Measures

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Per the newest State guidance for March 29:

  • North Carolina now has widespread community spread of COVID-19 therefore they are moving to a different phase of response efforts and is further increasing the population-based community reduction strategies.
  • The ...
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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 30, 2020

April Board Meeting rescheduled

The Burke County Board of Elections will reschedule the April 14th 2020 regular business meeting to May 12th 2020 in order to follow protocols established for COVID19.

Board of Elections
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Burke County Press Release 3/30/2020

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 30, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County Confirms Five Cases of COVID-19

Morganton, NC: The Burke Count...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Burke County State of Emergency Proclamation 3.27.2020

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Whereas, COVID-19 is a serious communicable disease that can result in serious illness or death and is a new strain of coronavirus previously unidentified in humans which can spread from person to person

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing 3/26/20

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March 26, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

 

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

  • The health department has tested approximately 78 individuals with continual daily testing as testing mater...
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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing 3/27/20

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March 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• The health department has tested approximately 78 individuals with continual daily testing as testing materials are available

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing 3/28/20

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March 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• Burke County has tested approximately 83 individuals through the state lab and Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge with con...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Public Meeting Cancellation - BOA

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 PUBLIC NOTICE 

Due to Mandatory Executive Order 121 effective Monday, March 30th at 5:00 pm ordering non-essential North Carolinians to remain at home the Board of Adjustment meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th has been cancelled.

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Public Notices
Posted on: March 27, 2020

FAQ For North Carolina's Stay At Home Order

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Frequently Asked Questions for North Carolina’s Stay At Home Order

March 27, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, ordering North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work a...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Burke County Cares Facebook Group

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Burke County Cares is a Facebook group that has been organized to offer non-emergency assistance during the COVID-19 situation. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact this group.

From the description page of the group: "This group has b...

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Burke County Cares Facebook Group Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing 3/25/20

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March 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• The health department has tested approximately 73individuals with continual daily testing as testing materials are available

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County YouTube Videos

COVID19

https://youtu.be/blDZjtwEB1Y (Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19)

https://youtu.be/ALcYqPCfW1g (Prevention)

https://youtu.be/gxkRo0nZwW0 (Social Distancing Out In Public)

https://youtu.be/Qqw-RfZaT8I (NC 211 and Community Resources)

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Informational Media

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Please view the videos listed for important COVID-19 tips and info.

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Burke COVID-19 YouTube Media Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Updated Guidance From The State and CDC

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People with Mild Symptoms Should Stay Home

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For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and call their doctor for medical advice. Most ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Ban on Written Burn Permits

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Information from the Fire Marshal, until further notice no written burn permits will be issued statewide.

Burn permits can still be obtained through the Forest Service website located at https://www.ncforestservice.gov/burn_permits/burn_permits_main.htm

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Forest Service Website Fire Marshal
Posted on: March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing 3/24/20

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March 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• To date, there are no positive cases in Burke County

• The health department has tested approximately 66 individuals w...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Press Briefing Scheduled for 1 PM

COVID19

Today we are having an in-person press briefing at 1 PM. Please feel free to view the live stream on our YouTube Channel.

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Burke County's First Positive COVID-19 Case Press Release

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NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

March 24, 2020

Rebecca McLeod, Public Health Director

Lisa Moore, Burke County Public Information Officer

Michael Willis, Emergency Management Director

Burke County’s First Positive COVID-19 Case

Morganton, NC: At 6pm...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

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March 23, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

 

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

  • To date, there are no positive cases in Burke County 
  • The health department has tested approximatel...
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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

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March 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

• To date, there are no positive cases in Burke County

• The health department has tested approximately 47 individuals w...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Updated High-Risk Category for COVID-19

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As of Monday, March 23rd, the CDC has updated the high-risk category for COVID-19 to include:

-Those age 65 (+)

-Those living in long-term care facilities/ nursing homes

-Those with chronic conditions like lung disease, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, etc.

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 22, 2020

Please Continue to Utilize Social Distancing Recommendations

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Burke County continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and remains committed to the safety and well-being of all citizens. As this situation develops, please continue to utilize social distancing recommendations (keep 6 feet of distance between yourself...

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County Administration
Posted on: March 21, 2020

New Updated Guidance On Outdoor Seating For Restaurants And Bars

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As you know, guidance associated with COVID-19 is subject to change since we learn more every day. Today there was a change in the status of disease transmission that affects the enforcement of public health control measures.

In light of new information to...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Fonta Flora State Trail Still Open

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As we all adjust to closures and social distancing, Burke County Community Development & Parks & Recreation reminds everyone that greenways and trails are open. Getting out in the fresh air will do body, mind, and spirit good.

You can walk the trai...

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Fonta Flora State Trail
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Notice of Cancellation

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, notice is hereby given that the following public events are cancelled:

  • Board of Commissioners’ Special Meeting – March 24, 2020 at 9 a.m.
  • Board of Commissioners’ Sally Port Grand Opening – Ma...
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Public Notices
Posted on: March 20, 2020

NC COVID-19 Child Care Response

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If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of COVID-19 closures, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Burke County Media Briefing

March 18, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

  • To date, there are no positive cases in Burke County 
  • The health department has tested approximately 40 indiv...
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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Burke County Media Briefing

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March 17, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  COVID-19 Burke County Media Briefing

Burke County’s Response to COVID-19

  • To date, there are no positive cases in Burke County 
  • The health department has tested approximately 24 indiv...
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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Public Access Limited to Non-Emergency Offices Except by Appointment

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Public Access Limited to Non-Emergency Offices Except by Appointment 

Morganton, N.C. –  In keeping with state and federal recommendations related to COVID-19, Burke County Government will temporarily limit access to non-emergen...

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County Administration
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Guidance for Gatherings of more than 100 people

Interim Guidance for Organizations that Gather Up to 100 People Together

Gatherings of up to 100 people can pose a risk of COVID-19 transmission. Organizations that gather up to 100 people, including but not limited to conferences, sporting events, faith-b...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Helpline for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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As questions and concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) increase across North Carolina, we’d like to encourage promotion of the statewide Coronavirus Helpline for the public, which is answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.The phone number to the ...

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Health Department
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Burke County Courthouse Sally Port Ribbon Cutting - March 24

Sally Port Ribbon Cutting Invite

Please join us, rain or shine, on March 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. for the ribbon cutting of the Burke County Courthouse sally port. The sally port is located at 201 South Green Street in Morganton, behind the Courthouse.  

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County Administration
Posted on: February 27, 2020

Novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the General Public to call with Questions 24/7:

NC DHHS NC COVID-19 Public Information Line

1-866-462-3821

For the General Public to Email with Questions:

www.ncpoisoncontol.org

For the General Public to Look at Up to Date Information on the Web:

https://ep...

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Additional Info... Health Department
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Board Meeting Schedule

The Burke County Board of Elections will meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00 am.

Board of Elections
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Burke County Offices Closed for MLK, Jr. Day

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County offices will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

County Administration
Posted on: January 7, 2020

2020 Census

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HELP SHAPE YOUR FUTURE! BE COUNTED IN THE 2020 CENSUS

The United States Census is coming up, and we need your help in making sure everyone in Burke County is counted. Your response helps ensure that our community gets its fair share of the more than $675 b...

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How will the 2020 Census data be used? Health Department
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Burke County Jail Grand Opening: Dec. 12

Jail Opening Invitation

Citizens are cordially invited to celebrate the opening of the new Burke County Jail & Magistrate’s Office on December 12th at 10:30 a.m.  Event Parking:  Fiddler’s Run Shopping Center, 118 Fiddler’s Run...

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County Administration
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Burke County offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving

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Burke County offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Burke County landfill and convenience sites will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and will resume normal business hours on Friday, ...

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County Administration
Posted on: November 14, 2019

RFP for Raise the Age Legislation for JCPC

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for Raise the Age Legislation from the

Burke County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) & N.C. Dept. of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (DACJJ) 

Burke County JCPC requests from local no...

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JCPC
Posted on: November 12, 2019

The Valdese Public Library will be closed Nov. 13 and Nov. 14

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The Valdese Public Library will be closed Wednesday (Nov. 13) and Thursday (Nov. 14) so we can finish renovations and unpack and shelve the library books. 

 Our Grand Re-Opening will be Friday, November 15, at 10:30am - Come Join us!!

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County Administration
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Burke County Offices Closed for Veterans Day

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Burke County offices will be closed Monday, November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. The Burke County Landfill and Convenience Sites will operate on a normal schedule.

County Administration
Posted on: November 8, 2019

New section of the Fonta Flora State Trail opens this weekend

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Burke County, North Carolina, November 5, 2019 – Burke County and Lake James State Park are announcing that a new section of the Fonta Flora State Trail at Lake James State Park will be open for use beginning Saturday, November 9th.

Seven miles o...

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County Administration
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Deadline to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans is Aug. 26

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Deadline in North Carolina to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans for Flooding and Heavy Winds is Aug. 26

 ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and...

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County Administration
Posted on: July 23, 2019

Duke Energy Right-of-Way Clearing Work

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"Duke Energy contract crews will be clearing rights-of-way in areas around our distribution electrical lines in several areas of Catawba and Burke Counties over the next few months.

As you know we have a responsibility to deliver power safely and reli...

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County Administration
Posted on: July 15, 2019

The East Burke Convenience Center is Now Operational

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The East Burke Convenience Center is now operational. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

County Administration
Posted on: July 3, 2019

Governor signs state disaster declaration

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 Governor signs state disaster declaration for Catawba and Mecklenburg counties

 Heavy rains in early June flooded homes and roads 

 RALEIGH – Today Governor Roy Cooper signed a state disaster declaration for C...

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County Administration
Posted on: July 3, 2019

Possible Scam Alert

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A few citizens have reported receiving a phone call regarding their tax bills and directing them to a website to pay online. This is a scam, Burke County does not call citizens regarding their tax bills and while citizens can pay their bills online, the o...

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County Administration
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Burke County offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day

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Burke County offices will be closed Monday, May 24th, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.

County Administration
Posted on: May 10, 2019

Landfill and Convenience Sites - closed on Memorial Day

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The Johns River Waste Management Facility and all convenience sites will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Hours of operation:

Johns River Waste Management Facility:

M-F 7:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 7:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday Closed

Conv...

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County Administration
Posted on: May 9, 2019

Burke County Register of Deeds Asks for Public's Help

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Session Law 2018-80 was passed making it illegal for companies to charge fees significantly greater than what someone can actually get the document for in the Register of Deeds office. 

We are asking any property owner in Burke County who receives...

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Register of Deeds
Posted on: May 3, 2019

Burke County Animal Shelter Closed for Renovations

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The Burke County Animal Shelter located at 425 Kirksey Drive in Morganton will close at 3 pm on May 12, 2019 for renovations.  The Shelter will reopen at 8 am on May 28.  Owner surrendered animals cannot be accepted May 12 - 28. Citizens...

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County Administration
Posted on: April 18, 2019

Unifour Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

Burke County Emergency Management

Natural hazards have the potential to cause property damage, loss of life, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety. Hazard mitigation measures are the things we do today to be more protected in the future. They are actions taken before ...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Fonta Flora State Trail

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About the Fonta Flora State Trail

The Fonta Flora State Trail (FFST) is a recreation facility that provides an unparalleled experience for people of all ages and abilities. The long term vision for the Trail is to connect Downtown Asheville with Downtown M...

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